Proof Coutinho is going absolutely nowhere & Barca story is rubbish

Sunday's 0-0 draw with Southampton was disappointing but we will only know its full effect once the season is done.

An excellent distributor of the ball, Coutinho has an average pass accuracy of 83% in the Premier League this season, while he has created 58 chances for his team-mates.

Facing perhaps their biggest challenge yet, watch as Georginio Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho took on 30 players from Liverpool's U9s squad.

That, along with a recently-signed contract that gives him a reported 150,000 pounds a week, and a Liverpool unwilling to sell even for a massive fee.

Arsenal seem the most likely side to catch Liverpool and they have two games in hand on Jurgen Klopp's side.

Coutinho, 24, indicated he wanted to stay on Merseyside and has spoken of his desire to win trophies with Liverpool.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has reportedly been given his blessing to make a summer move to Barcelona.

Barcelona have not made any formal approach for the player as they continue to monitor his situation.

Boss Sean Dyche is willing to let him run down his deal but admitted: 'Players eventually will outgrow us, move on or be hunted, it's just the way it is'.

If Liverpool do not make the top four, Barcelona will likely be encouraged that they can pressure Coutinho to push for a move.

With his great friend Neymar already at the Camp Nou, if the deal can be signed, sealed and delivered, Coutinho's integration into the Barca squad should be relatively easy.

  • Julie Sanders